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Dyckman Street Transportation
The Dyckman Street station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line (A) is located at the intersection of Dyckman Street and Broadway. The Dyckman Street station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line (1) is located at the intersection of Dyckman Street and Nagle Avenue. Bike lanes in Dyckman Street connect two parts of the Dyckman Street Manhattan Waterfront Greenway.
Dyckman Street is a street in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is commonly considered to be a crosstown street because it runs from the Hudson River to the Harlem River and intersects Broadway. However, in its true geographical orientation, Dyckman Street runs roughly from north-northwest to south-southeast, and the majority of the street that lies southeast of Broadway runs closer to a north-south direction than east-west. It is located where West 200th Street would be: the sequence of numbered streets in this neighborhood has a gap between West 193rd Street and West 201st Street. As a rustic 18th century valley road lying between Washington Heights and Inwood Hill, Dyckman Street long preceded the comprehensive Manhattan grid plan, which was not applied in this small part of the island.
From its northwesternmost point near the Hudson riverbank, Dyckman Street extends southeast past the Henry Hudson Parkway. From there, it continues southeast until it intersects Broadway, where it turns in a more southward direction until it merges with Tenth Avenue to form the northernmost end of the Harlem River Drive. Traffic in Dyckman Street runs in both directions except for a one-block stretch between Broadway and Seaman Avenue, where it runs only northwest/away from Broadway.
The northwestern portion of Dyckman Street separates Inwood Hill Park (to the northeast) from Fort Tryon Park (to the southwest). Additionally, the southeastern portion of Dyckman Street borders the northern tip of Highbridge Park. Bike lanes in Dyckman Street connect the Hudson and Harlem River portions of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway.
Dyckman Street is named for Dutch farmer William Dyckman, whose family owned several 100 acres (400,000 m2) of farmland in the Dyckman Street area; the Dyckman Farmhouse, located nearby at the corner of Broadway and 204th Street, was built by William Dyckman in 1784 and is the oldest remaining farmhouse in Manhattan.
The Tubby Hook ferry operated from the Hudson River foot of the street at various times from the 18th century until 1942. A marina and cafe now operate at this Dyckman Street location.
Dyckman Street in popular culture
The character Pete Campbell on the series Mad Men is alluded to be descended from the Dyckman family and references to this area of Manhattan are made in the show's fourth episode. It is mentioned that the Dyckman family owned a large tract of land north of, what is now considered, Central Park.